The Dracula Book of Great Vampire Stories by Leslie Shepard

The Dracula Book of Great Vampire Stories

Features "Carmilla" by Sheridan Le Fanu, "Dracula's Guest" by Bram Stoker, "Le Horla" by Guy de Maupassant, "The Sad Story of a Vampire" by Count Stenbock, "Good Lady Ducayne" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, "The Tomb of Sarah" by F.G. Loring, "For the Blood Is the Life" by F. Marion Crawford, "The Room in the Tower" and "Mrs. Amworth" by E.F. Benson, "The Transfer" by Algernon Blackwood, "The Vampire" by Jan Neruda, "Four Wooden Stakes" by Victor Rom...

Details The Dracula Book of Great Vampire Stories

TitleThe Dracula Book of Great Vampire Stories
Release DateAug 31st, 1983
PublisherThe Citadel Press
GenreHorror, Paranormal, Vampires, Fiction, Short Stories, Anthologies, Fantasy, Gothic, Classics, Short Story Collection, Urban Fantasy

Reviews The Dracula Book of Great Vampire Stories

  • Ruthiella
    I read this primarily because of the opening novella titled Carmilla by Sheridan le Fanu. This is supposed to be the granddaddy (or grandmammy?) of the modern vampire novel, including Dracula. My reaction to Carmilla is similar, however, to my reaction to Dracula. I have trouble with old-timey horror because often it is so obvious to the modern reader just what is going on, it can make the protagonists seem a bit thick. That aside, the bits in Ca...
  • Jim Dooley
    I absolutely love it when a book takes me so pleasantly by surprise! This is a two-volume collection of classic horror stories. The first volume is built on a vampire theme, and the second volume contains tales designed to unnerve, though not vampire related. I was enthralled.These are not stories that are heavy on gory descriptions. I have enjoyed many of Stephen King's works, but none of these stories are that graphic. Yet, they were very adept...
  • Alice
    I was glad to finally read "Carmilla," the novella I'd been hearing for YEARS was partly the inspiration for (and a better version of) Bram Stoker's Dracula. I thought it would be interesting to read a lot of other turn-of-the-century vampire novels, as well, to get a different perspective on them.While all of the vampires in these stories are the soulless monsters we once feared from legends and superstitions, it quickly grew just as repetitive ...
  • Ernesto I. Ramirez
    This books is truly a couple of anthologies together, The Dracula great book of vampire stories and The Dracula great book of horror stories. They are 27 seven short stories of classic vampires and gothic horror like Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu, For the blood is the life by F. Marion Crawford, The Vampyre by Jan Neruda, The monkey's paw by W. W. Jacobs, The judge's house by Bram Stoker and The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood.I bought this book a f...
  • Cornerofmadness
    I picked this up used for my vampire lit course. The title is misleading. These aren’t really about Dracula with a couple exceptions. It is, however, a collection of vampire short stories from the 1800 to mid-1900’s (being published back in 1980, I’m not sure it has anything newer than the 60’s in it but I can’t remember)Notables in this are Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmila, an even earlier vampire story than Dracula and is a lesbian take o...
  • Dark-Draco
    This does exactly what it says on the cover! There are 13 stories about vampires, all published in the late 19th and early 20th century. There are some well known stories, like 'Carmilla' and 'The Horla', with a few lesser known ones, like 'Mrs Amworth' and 'Four Wooden Stakes'. There is even a 'lost' chapter from Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', which was cut to make the book shorter.While modern stories are either more bloodthirsty or involve someone f...
  • Brook
    i decided since i heart vampires so much that i should read some of the good old classics that began the infatuation for vampire literature long ago. most of these short tales are from the early 1900s all in one book! carmilla, the horla, good lady ducayne, dracula's guest are just a few and they've all stood the test of time. i feel like i'm more well rounded in my education of the vampire after reading these oldies.
  • John
    These were interesting stories from the mid- to late-19th Century, into the early 20th Century. They were less focused on blood and gore and sex then our current vampire stories. For me, they were a breath of fresh "vampire" air. They were written in the time of Bram Stoker, and the collection even includes one Bram Stoker story. They are mostly very short, with one notable exception, and therefore make good fillers for short interludes.
  • Chris
    I found this for free on a giveaway cart at a public library. I'd read most of these short stories all ready but never realized it was the masterful but clearly insane Guy de Maupassant who wrote "Le Horla." Most of the tales are dated, but some are haunting, especially "Le Horla" and Algrenon Blackwood's "The Transfer," about, of all things, a vampiric patch of dirt. This is interesting mostly for vampire fans tracing a history of vampire litera...
  • Fred
    old time vampires, and almost vampires. Algernon Blackwood is always good, loved the haunted garden. have to say that the Bram Stoker story was very good until the epilogue, which didn't make sense in any way and was a baffling reference that rather spoiled it.